THE ORIENTAL AND
ETHNIC DEPARTMENT STORE THAT WAS
This shop was lost to us as bigger chain stores met the massive rise in
It stimulated the senses as the customer wandered through three floors
packed with colourful textiles, fragrant incenses, tactile pottery and
glassware, and tinkling wind chimes. It was part of the experience of
visiting Covent Garden - (never mind, now we have Marks and Spencers
NOW YOU CAN GET SOME OF THE ITEMS FROM CHINA TOWN - off Shaftesbury
Neal Street East was London's only oriental specialist emporium -
a haven for lovers of the East.
Merchandise included cards and calligraphy, Chinese abacus, prints,
cookware and cookbooks, woks, Japanese dinnerware, multi-purpose
baskets, silk and feather flowers, vases and plant pots. The textile
department has Chinese and Japanese clothing, old and new, tie dye
fabric, batiks, ikat and embroideries from the near and far East.
Accessories included a sumptuous range of scarves, bags, hats and
footware. The Gallery had an extensive range of jewellery from India,
China, Nepal, Thailand, Afghanistan and Africa plus masks, carvings and
candlesticks, buddhas and bowls. For the home, Christina stocked
elegant screens, lighting, cushions, throws and a fabulous selection of
hammocks. The renowned Basement Bazaar was filled with tiny toys, fans,
parasols, puppets, shells, mobiles, windchimes, incense and all manner
of exotic small presents, stocking fillers and party goods.
The Bookshop supplied extensive pre and post travel reading with a wide
It was one of those shops you would marvel at and say....
'Where else in London ?'